Spurs 'ready' to Move on from Kawhi Leonard

Jun 30, 2018, 02:44
Spurs 'ready' to Move on from Kawhi Leonard

Leonard requested a trade from San Antonio earlier this month, but the Spurs were initially hesitant to deal their star forward, hoping that they could eventually mend their fractured relationship.

While the Los Angeles Lakers are Leonard's desired destination, he has not ruled out the possibility of signing off on a trade to another major market team such as Boston, Philadelphia or NY. So with the recent rumor surrounding Philadelphia being one of the teams that has already made an offer to San Antonio, here are three questions to consider surrounding the latest trade report involving Leonard.

Don't expect the Spurs to panic trade Leonard like the Cavaliers did with Kyrie Irving.

For now, the urgency of the Lakers' free-agent push for LeBron James and Paul George on Sunday places a clock on talks with the Spurs.

Less than 24 hours later, National Basketball Association reporter Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com said LeBron informed the Cavaliers he will not exercise his $35.6 million option, becoming an unrestricted free agent.

This consideration separates the Lakers and 76ers from the Celtics, who aren't diving headfirst into the Leonard sweepstakes. However, even with the extra first round pick and Wanger, the ESPN reporters are saying that several current Lakers players would also likely need to be included in the deal.

On the flip side, the Celtics are rumored to be dipping their toe into the water on trade talks for Leonard.

He's also a star who would fit well with the Sixers. Particularly, the Spurs are said to be "uninterested" in one of the Lakers' most young assets, point guard Lonzo Ball. According to ESPN, the Spurs are asking for a huge package in return for Leonard. ESPN's Zach Lowe said Thursday on "The Jump" that "not enough people are considering" that James may, indeed, "come alone" to the Lakers. First, because the Lakers have a timeline they would like to meet, it really plays into San Antonio's hands, much better than you would expect given the fact that Leonard sort of killed their leverage.

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